The end is near, even if Los Angeles Lakers fans don’t want to admit it. At 39 years old, Steve Nash’s back is bothering him so much, he’s considering early retirement, a report that comes the same week as the one stating Kobe Bryant could be back in action by the end of November. This may sound like good and bad news for the Lakers, but it all means the same thing.
Kobe is a free agent next year and Nash won’t be back, regardless of whether he retires now or at the end of the season. He can’t play now and he certainly won’t be able to play at age 40. Bryant will defiantly try to play until he’s 40, which means his return is just to show the other NBA teams that he’s worth a roll of the dice next season.
The bottom line is this: 2014 will begin a new era of Lakers basketball. The hardest part for L.A. fans will be accepting the Los Angeles Clippers are now the best team in Hollywood and that will likely remain the case for the next few years. Can you already hear the chants and billboards for a LeBron James-to-L.A. campaign? Typical.